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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School



At Sneinton C of E Primary we believe that becoming a successful reader will ensure that all our pupils are helped to develop a life- long passion for learning. Our pedagogy balances the need to develop reading comprehension and fluency through explicit instruction and rigorous practice with the need to develop a deep love of reading. This begins in the EYFS with the introduction of our Rocket Phonics scheme and continues throughout KS1. We believe that Reading for Pleasure (RfP) is the key to children’s future success, and to this end we aim to ensure that reading for pleasure is the heartbeat of our school

‘Reading for Pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success’. (OECD 2002)

We believe that it isn't enough to be able to decode print but that children develop a love of reading in all its forms. We aim to develop a knowledge that reading for pleasure will improve every child’s future successes as well as support healthy mental wellbeing. Through engagement with OU/UKLA research we aim to have a robust Reading for Pleasure Pedagogy. This pedagogy will encompass four specific practices: reading aloud, informal book talk, and recommendations, and independent reading time within a highly social reading environment. To support this pedagogy our teachers all continually aim to:

  • develop their knowledge of children’s literature and other texts
  • develop their knowledge of children’s reading practices
  • be ’Teachers who Read’ and ‘Readers who Teach’ It is our intention to be continually building a ‘Reading Community’ for all of our children and their families.


The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information


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